The Halifax Mooseheads ended the weekend the same way they started it — four points out of a playoff spot.
The Mooseheads remain in last place in the QMJHL after a pair of strong efforts on the weekend. They beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4-2 on Friday and lost to Logan MacMillan and the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 on Saturday.
Halifax (15-33-3-2, 35 points) must pass Lewiston (38 points) and either Baie-Comeau or Val-d’Or (39 points each) in the final 15 games to qualify for the post-season.
The good news is, they’ve won two of three and played well in the loss. That’s a hot streak in Moose Country.
“As of late, especially, we’ve been playing real good hockey against real good teams,” said Mooseheads forward Travis Randell. “We’re in a tough stretch right now, fighting for a playoff spot, and we’ve got to keep this up.”
Bright spots for the Mooseheads on the weekend were rookie forwards Gabriel Desjardins and Gerrad Grant. Each earned three-star selections and had two-way impacts.
It was MacMillan’s first game back at the Metro Centre after being traded from Halifax to Rimouski in December. He picked up a pair of assists coming back from injury.
“It was fun … It made it a lot better, us coming out on top,” said MacMillan. “I thought it would be really weird, but I just went to the bench, watched the seats crowd up a little … It was similar to how it was on the other side.”
Halifax hosts the Bathurst Titan tomorrow before departing later in the week for Quebec for a three-game road trip.